What Is Radon Gas?
Many people are unaware of what Radon Gas actually is and the health risks that are involved with breathing in the radioactive gas.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and sightless gas. It is in the air we breathe and the water we use for drinking, bathing and cooking. At high concentration levels it is a serious health hazard.
Radon is naturally created from the decay of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which is found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world.
Radon is extremely prevalent in areas with large levels of granite concentrations. Radon Gas in the soil and rock is released into the air and underground water and surface water through the natural half-life decay process.
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Table of Contents
- Is Radon Gas Dangerous?
- How does Radon Enter my Home?
- Can Walk Out Basements or Slab on Grade Homes have Radon?
- What is a Safe Level of Radon?
- How do I test for Radon?
- How Can I Remove Radon From my Home?
Is Radon Gas Dangerous?
Radon gas has also been linked to other non-cancerous respiratory diseases.
When Radon breaks down, it breaks into solid radioactive elements called radon progeny. Radon progeny attaches themselves to dust and other airborne particles that can be absorbed into the lungs through respiration.
This process gives off radiation that damages the DNA inside the body's cells. Continued exposure to high concentration levels can cause the radioactive cells to replicate in a process called mutagenesis; this process deeply affects the overall cellular activity within the lung tissue that causes a noticeable increase in the chance of contracting lung cancer.
How Does Radon Enter My Home?
Radon can seep into a home through the soil that is beneath the foundation of the house. The most common radon entry points include:
Can Walk Out Basements or Slab on Grade Homes have Radon?
Many people assume that a walk out basement or slab on grade home will not have elevated levels of radon. However, this is not true.
Radon from the soil can just as easily enter through the slab, all that is needed is radon in the soil, small openings in the slab, and warmer air inside than outside.
What Is A Safe Level Of Radon?
To be technical, there is no safe level of radon. However, a certain amount of radon will always exist in the open air.
The EPA has a recommended action level of a 4.0. This does not mean that 4.0 is a "safe" level, it means that the radon gas in your home is at a dangerous level, and action should be taken to eliminate it.
The research that was completed by WHO, led them to believe that even low levels of radon with long term exposure can still be harmful.
How Do I Test For Radon?
There are a few ways to test for radon in your home.
1. You can do it yourself by purchasing a radon test kit. Most test kits are 48 hour tests that are placed in the lowest level of your home. Once the test is complete, it is mailed to a radon testing lab where it will be analyzed for results.
2. You can hire a licensed radon testing company. When you hire a specialist to complete the radon test, they will use a continuous monitoring system that measures the radon levels every hour that it's in the home. The technician will be able to explain the results after the 48 testing period.
How Can I Remove Radon From My Home?
Once you are aware of a Radon gas problem in your home, you should contact a licensed radon mitigation specialist.
A radon mitigation system is used to reduce radon gas levels in a home. A specialist from our team at Radon Eliminator will install a ventilation fan in your basement or crawlspace that will pull the gas from underneath the foundation of the home and vent it outside.
Contact a Radon Testing and Mitigation Company
If your home has never been tested for radon, it is important to have a test performed.
Homeowners can drastically reduce their risk of lung cancer, but it is important to act soon, elevated levels of radon can be found in any Ohio home.
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